Campfire Restrictions Increase on Public Lands on the Wild Portion of the Rogue River

Contact(s): Chamise Kramer, Public Affairs Specialist (541) 618-2051, Maria Thi Mai, BLM Public Affairs Officer (503) 808-6003

SW Oregon—The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and Bureau of Land Management’s Medford District are increasing campfire restrictions on those lands located within the boundaries of the Wild section of the Rogue National Wild and Scenic River. The Wild section flows from Grave Creek to the mouth of Watson Creek.

Effective 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, building, maintaining, attending, or use of a fire is only permitted with the use of commercial stoves that use liquid fuel or propane. Cooking areas need to be naturally cleared of vegetation, and must be below the high water mark. As a preventative measure, groups traveling on the river must have a shovel and bucket.

Additionally, smoking is only permitted while on watercraft on waterways, or in areas that are on vegetation-free sand and gravel bars located between the river and high water mark.

The stretch of the river between Grave Creek and Marial is Bureau of Land Management-administered. From Marial and downriver to the mouth of Watson Creek is managed by the Forest Service.

These restrictions will be in place through November 30, 2018, unless sooner rescinded.

For more information and to see the full text of the orders, see the RRSNF and BLM websites.

Public Use Restrictions across the remainder of lands administered by the RRSNF continue to be at a Stage 2. As conditions across SW Oregon continue to be hot and dry, and resources are actively suppressing multiple fires across the area, fire managers are reminding the public to be aware of fire danger, fire restrictions, and their important role in preventing human-caused fires.